External Panel Session: Establishing Value Added Partnerships and Outsourcing Effectively
Date & Time
Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Sheldon Renkema Charles Cho Sadie Andrew Tom Balmer

Leveraging third-party expertise is a vital, but difficult part of being an effective leader. In house departments, more than most, must continuously evaluate the balance of external resources they collaborate with. As their importance to a business grows, they must wear multiple hats whilst always keeping a handle on the organisations’ risk profile. Outside counsel and technology providers are key partners – but to what degree do in-house teams lean on them? And at what cost? Boards, rightly or wrongly, see legal departments as a business cost vs a profit centre. How do GCs, CLOs and other legal leaders within organisations evaluate, scrutinize and maintain the best resources efficiently and effectively? Join this session as our legal experts consider the dos and don'ts for outsourcing, as well as how to build real value-added partnerships. 


  • Charles Cho, General Counsel - NSW Treasury
  • Sheldon Renkema, General Manager, Legal - Wesfarmers
  • Sadie Andrew, Partner, Head of Sydney - Pinsent Masons LLP
  • Tom Balmer, Director, Strategic Accounts - Transperfect Legal Solutions